The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At St John Fisher, the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music. Weekly music lessons start in Nursery and Reception and focus on famous nursery rhymes, songs, percussion and pulse. Lessons continue throughout the school, building the children’s skills and musical knowledge.
We follow the Charanga Scheme of Work.
Each week, the children participate in singing assemblies where they develop a range of voice and performance skills, learn hymns for Mass and collective Worship as well as a variety of other musical genres.
The pupils in Years 4-6 take part in a large Young Voices concert each year at the Manchester Arena, where they have to perform songs from different eras in different styles and accompany solo and group singers.
Children perform at a variety of school events throughout the year, such as Nativities, Class and School Worship, Mass, a local Christmas Markets Event, a Singing Square shared with our French penfriends when they visit and at the French Café.
A music festival week takes place in the summer term, culminating in a school concert with all classes contributing.
In Key Stage 2, children in Year 3 learn notation, learning to play the glockenspiel, Year 4 learn the recorder, and the cornet is taught in Year 5. Year 6 are working on their skills with the glockenspiel.
A peripatetic guitar teacher comes in weekly to provide private tuition to children from KS2.